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  • Writer's pictureTim Braithwaite

Pietro Reggio on the Sliding ‘Accent’ (1677)

‘Now let us take notice, of singing long Notes Gracefully. Note the following Example.

The first Note must begin softly, and then increase lowder, and lowder by degrees; you must Sing the second Note in like manner, but because to sing these Notes just as they stand, would be somewhat too plain a way of singing, I have marked upon the second note of the first bar a Cross; which signifies, you must slide your Voice, from the second Note to that quaver which is joined to it, and is marked with an s, and this sliding of your Voice must be done upon the last letter of Gently; which is a y and so sliding your Voice very quick, and soft upon the Quaver, which is at the end of the first Bar, your Voice will come to form an Accent which is very fine, and will make your singing appear much above the ordinary way of those who are altogether ignorent of these Observations. You may make use of the same any where else, when your Notes stand in the like posture though in some other spaces of the five lines’


Pietro Reggio, The Art of Singing (Oxford: Leonard Lichfield, 1677).

  1. Crescendo through the first note

  2. Crescendo through the second note

  3. Slide from the second note to the following quaver (eighth note) on the final ‘y’ of ‘gently.’ This should be very quick and soft.

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